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Can we trust calories on food labels?

Alison Boden

Let's talk calories. 

We call 'em kilocalories in nutrition nerd-land, abbreviated kcal. Same as what y'all know as a calorie on the food label. A calorie is a unit of measurement, describing how much "energy" you get from the food you eat. You need energy to do everything, from the obvious stuff like working out, to the more subtle body processes like your heart beat, your digestive enzymes and the work it takes your brain to read this page. We measure the potential energy available in the food we eat by calories per gram - Carbohydrates and protein each have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9, alcohol has 7. 

When we get more energy (calories) than we can use.................

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